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Sweaters for January {Project Sew It}

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Both Aria and Audrey decided to participate in Project sew It this year.  Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.  January’s challenge is to sew a sweater.  Here are both of us to tell you about January’s project.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Audrey:  When I saw January’s sweater challenge I decided it was time to execute!  I’ve had the plans for this particular sweater for over almost a year.  I’ve had the Jasper Sweater pattern for quite a while, and you can read about the 1st one I made here.  I absolutely love that one, even though it’s too tight across the shoulders because I didn’t make any wide shoulder adjustment and the sweatshirt fleece I was using didn’t have any stretch.  So I picked up some French Terry Fabric-Aruba Blue fabric last winter.  Then the season turned to spring, in summer I found out I was expecting, and so the idea just sat and sat.

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

Finally the Project Sew It January sweater challenge spurred me to action.  You probably noticed that it’s not me modeling these photos, but Allegra.  But when I’m not wearing maternity clothing anymore, I now have something very nice and new waiting for me!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

This time when I sewed the Jasper Sweater I took a little extra time and, according to the instructions, I bound the exposed hood seams with some contrasting Riley Blake knit fabric leftover from this skirt.  I also used this fabric for the pocket.  It’s a subtle and stunning accent and I am totally in love with this tiny detail!

Jasper Sweater by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I found these buttons at JoAnns also, and just love them!  They are the perfect accent for this Jasper Sweater.  Aria (who has the same width of shoulders as me) tried on the Jasper Sweater and declared it a perfect fit across the shoulders and back.  I can’t wait to try it on!

Aria’s January Project Sew It Sweater:

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I really had fun sewing the Lane Raglan Hoodie! It went really fast and easy!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

The most difficult part about it was the thumb cuffs, but it was definitely worth it! I had to scrap the first attempt because I discovered I had cut out that pattern piece with the stretch the wrong way…I cut it out again and sewing them went quite a bit faster that time!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I also wanted to add a pocket, so I used the kangaroo pocket piece from the Halifax Hoodie pattern!  This was pretty easy too!

Lane Raglan Hoodie by Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

I REALLY love my new hoodie and I wear it all the time!  I used Sweatshirt Fleece Fabric – Dark Gray Heathered for this Lane Raglan Hoodie.  Looking forward to the next challenge!

Skirt Fixation for Project Sew It (January)

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Jade Skirt {Selfish Sewing Week}

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes when we discover a skirt pattern we think it’s so awesome, we have to have it! That’s the way it was for Allegra with the Jade Skirt pattern.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Jade Skirt pattern is created by Paprika Patterns. It can be made in 2 lengths, with or without an exposed zipper. Knit fabric is used. The Jade Skirt can be made in 10 sizes.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationWhat is unique about the Jade Skirt is the folded front. It’s not too difficult to do if you follow all the instructions. First I practiced with the paper template given. Then, I watched the video to see it done live before trying mine. And you know what? I got it right the first time!

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe other tutorial I used was on adding length to the bottom. I made View B, the longer one, so I only needed to add 1 inch to hit at Allegra’s knee. On a skirt like this, a tutorial is definitely needed.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Jade Skirt pattern instructions are very thorough. The illustrations are drawn. I only ran into one little confusion; the fold mark on the waistband is very small, so I didn’t realize I was supposed to cut it out on a fold. It ended up okay, but because the waistband is shaped, next time I’ll be sure to notice that fold line. In fact, I’ve already marked it in bold letters on my pattern piece!

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationOne surprising thing about the Jade Skirt is it’s comfort!  A skirt this business like doesn’t necessarily make you think of comfort, but this one really is.  The back of the Jade Skirt is plain with no fabric origami.  Allegra and I couldn’t decide why.  What do you think?
The fabric we chose to use for the Jade Skirt is perfect for that use.  We got it from Imagine Gnats.  It’s ponte de roma in charcoal.

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Jade Skirt is fully lined, and this fabric was perfect for both layers. With leggings and a sweater, this skirt can stretch across 3 seasons.  (Maybe another Jasper Sweater?)
Now technically this isn’t a true selfish sewing week make since I (Audrey) sewed it for Allegra. But since Allegra cooked me breakfast and cleaned the house for a day so I could sew her this, I’m going to call it even! What do you think? Which side of this trade would you prefer?

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

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New Year, New Hoodie

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

Two days ago we were recruited to play along with the Katy Perry New Year’s party going on over at Sewing Stadium.  I had never heard of or seen Katy Perry, so some frantic Google searching ensued.  I discovered Katy Perry is a colorful singer with a passion for fancy style.  Here’s my last minute interpretation of what Katy Perry might be wearing on New Year’s Day.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

Happy New Year!  If you celebrated the new year Katy Perry (or any rockstar) style, today you’re going to need a hoodie and a pair of sunglasses.  But, Katy being Katy, it’s not going to be just any plain old hoodie…nope!  It’s going to be Katy-fied.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

So what exactly does a Katy-fied hoodie look like?  Well, it’s not plain, our research showed Katy doesn’t do plain.  The hoodies we saw her wearing were fancy, bling-ed up, shark infested, made from fur or velvet; in a word, Katy-fied.  So we asked ourselves, if Katy could sew, what patterns or fabrics would she use?

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

And naturally we turned to our Lane Raglan pattern, with extra options, of course for Aria.  The floral fabric is from Girl Charlee.  Here’s a little secret.  The Lane Raglan pattern requires a yard of fabric for each fabric you’re using.  Last year we discovered a way to get a Lane Raglan from 1/2 a yard by piecing the front and back pattern pieces.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

This time we discovered a new way to get the front and back pieces from 1/2 a yard.  If your fabric has 4 way stretch and a non directional print, simply orient the pattern pieces horizontally rather than vertically.  Did you guess that’s what we did here before we explained it?

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

We added the hood because a superstar has to have something to hide behind after a long night like New Years Eve.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

My hoodie is the Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns.  As you can see in the photos, you can make the Jasper Sweater out of plain, un-fancy fabric, and there’s no covering up the fancy element.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

All the special little details make this pattern a winner.  Welt pockets, princess seams, those buttons, the hood.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

And if that wasn’t enough, this pattern can be made into a dress, with a collar and epaulet.  Definitely Katy worthy.  I made this from blue sweatshirt fleece from JoAnn Fabrics.  I’ve been living in it ever since I sewed the last stitch.

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation

Want to see more Katy Perry fun?  Follow along below:

New Year’s Eve

Blog Host: Becca at Sewing Stadium
Cassie at Lily Shine Boutique
Miranda at Inspinration
Starly at Sew Starly

New Year’s Day

Ajaire at Call Ajaire
Candice at Candice Ayala
Shelly at Sew Shelly Sew
Jeanine at The Crafting Fiend
Audrey at Skirt Fixation

Hoodies for the new year sewn by Skirt Fixation